Malacanang on Sunday said there is no shoot-to-kill order for Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) leader Nur Misuari.
“We do not certainly abide by [the]shoot on sight or shoot-to-kill order,” Presidential deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said in a radio interview.
The officials on the ground, especially the Philippine National Police (PNP), will be making the announcement based on their assessment, Valte said.
“So I will leave the rest of the plans to the PNP on the ground,” she said.
Misuari has been accused of staging 20-day Zamboanga City siege to derail the peace agreement between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
Asked if the government will ask the help of neighbors like Malaysia to help find Misuari who might have left the country, Valte said that the matter has not been discussed.
“There are no discussions to that efftect as efforts have been concentrated on the local front,” she said.
For the meantime troops were deployed to possible escape routes of Misuari.
According to figures from the National Risk Reduction and Management
Council (NDRRMC), the Zamboanga siege left 140 dead and 268 wounded, and displaced 120,000 residents in 14 barangays in Zamboanga City and one barangay in Zamboanga Sibugay.
CATHERINE S. VALENTE